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Are small houses more environmentally friendly?

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Smaller homes aren't always more environmentally friendly than larger homes, but they tend to have a smaller impact since they need less building material and use fewer utility resources such as electricity and gas. It is theoretically possible that a larger home built specifically to be environmentally friendly could have less of an impact than a smaller home that uses standard appliances and construction materials.

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Are small houses more environmentally friendly?
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Homeowners who specifically want to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle do tend to gravitate toward smaller homes thanks to their efficiency, which is a good starting point for environmental friendliness. Recently, there has been a movement to live in "Tiny Homes," or houses that contain only the minimal amounts of space and use the smallest of resources.

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